Anti-Islamic slogans have been painted on a building near a mosque, the Metropolitan police have said.
Officers were called to a building near the North Brixton Islamic cultural centre on Brixton Road at 11am today, Wednesday following reports of spray-painted slogans on a building near the centre.
A statement from the Met said: “Officers were called at around 11am on 1 January to reports of anti-Islamic slogans spray-painted on a building near to the North Brixton Islamic Centre in Brixton Road. Inquiries are ongoing at this time as part of a full investigation.
“We are working alongside Lambeth Council to ensure the offensive remarks are removed as soon as possible.
“Shockingly, hate crime affects people from all walks of life and impacts on communities across London. All members of our communities have the right to go about their daily life without fear of verbal, physical or written abuse. The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we are committed to tackling offences like this as thoroughly as possible.”
Florence Eshalomi, elected Labour MP for Vauxhall on December 12, tweeted: “Disturbing to hear of a racist incident at the North Brixton Islamic cultural centre – it was reported that anti-Islamic slogans had been spray-painted on [the] building opposite the cultural centre. Anyone with any information pls contact the police via 101 quoting CAD 4725/01JAN.”
The incident comes three days after antisemitic graffiti was sprayed across a synagogue and shops in north London during the Jewish festival of Hanukah.
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